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Return of the Bloatware: Galaxy S7 ships with 8 GB of storage used up

Return of the Bloatware: Galaxy S7 ships with 8 GB of storage used up
It's common knowledge that when purchasing a device with X amount of storage, the true reading never quite lives up to the billing. This is partially because manufacturers measure real estate differently to the manner in which computers and mobile devices read them. But while a subsequent ~10 percent drop on the stated capacity is the norm, further reductions tend to be the result of operating system and extra, often unwanted software. The new Samsung Galaxy S7, it appears, has been inundated with additional fodder, and loses a cool 8 GB to what would largely be considered bloatware. 

The device, along with the Galaxy S7 edge, will ship with the latest Android 6 Marshmallow off the bat. This, as well as Samsung's TouchWiz overlay, is undoubtedly responsible for much of the lost real estate. But 8 gigs is an eye-watering amount of storage, particularly for those planning to grab the 32 GB variant. In the run-up to the launch of the S7 duo, it was made apparent that the home screen will be less congested, but the uncluttered UI belies a device still very much abundant with bloat.

On the plus side, the S7 line marks the return of the microSD slot, and Sammy has also thrown in support for cards of up to 200 GB in capacity. Thus, those who really need more room to maneuver will still be able to do so. Though the Galaxy S7 (and LG's G5) do not support Marshmallow's Adoptable Storage feature that allows memory cards to masquerade as internal storage, users should still be able to move some apps to the microSD, provided that the app's developer hasn't blocked this feature. 

Presumably, a good chunk of the bloatware will be removable, which is something. Even so, if you're eyeing the 32-gig model but unsure as to whether you'll have enough space to play with, you may want to shell out for more on-board storage or snag a legitimate microSD card

source: Droid-Life via SamMobile

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posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:02 19

1. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


8gb is not bad at all

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:04 5

27. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 447; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


32 GB phones usually have 26 GB free, there's nothing wrong with that.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:49 4

58. Loveneesh (Posts: 128; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


it has only 21gb.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:37 7

34. Sdiq572 (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Yup, at least its not the worst.
In my country ( Indonesia ) the Sony Xperia Z5 series come with 12 GB bloatware.(there only 20 Gigs left)
Oh that was the unlocked, before any carrier bloat ware.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:08 3

49. Finalflash (Posts: 2721; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea but you can delete all but the google and sony apps. So you can reclaim pretty much most of that. I have a Z5c and you can pretty much delete all the bloat.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 02:35

82. Sdiq572 (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Yes youre right about that, i just delete some useless thing. Thank so much

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:44

57. Loveneesh (Posts: 128; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


out of 32gb, 29gb is usable because rest is used for cache. so it has 9gb of bloatware.which is acceptable because it comes with some FHD and UHD arrangements.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 10:30

83. hmmm... (Posts: 76; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Not really true. 32Gb is in base ten. Electronics see things in binary. So a completely blank 32gb memory drive would be 32E9/1024^3 is 29.8Gb in binary or 30517Mb in binary.
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/172191en?language=en_US

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:40 7

52. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


The point here is not to say "not bad at all" and just buy the S7 anyway. The point is S7 should be better in every aspect than S6. Not in the design certainly. As we all know touchwiz is known to be laggy and bloated compared to other android askins for years. So atleast Samsung has to stop making things much worse. Once I also defended Sammy no matter what. But I don't do that any more. Because at the end we pay from out pockets to buy smartphones. Truth is more valuable here.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:05 38

2. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


Even stock android has like 5 GB of storage used up on Nexus 6P. I don't see how 8 GB is such a big deal. And this is not even the international variant, but the bloated carrier variant.

If I remember correctly, last year's S6 had like 10 GB used up on T-mo variant, and 7 GB on G920F(EU variant).

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:08 30

4. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1015; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


This article is to attract trolls/haters.
Waiting for mxy to whine like a little kid about how he dislikes Touchwiz...

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:42 2

23. dimas (Posts: 1811; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"Presumably, a good chunk of the bloatware will be removable""

And I bet this line will be ignored by narrow-minded people. The 8gb bloatware is a problem if people are stuck on 32gb with no expandable storage.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:13 2

5. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


So in theory. According this article 8 gb used up.
5 gb of Google Bloatwares + 3 gb of Samsung bloatwares = 8gb Bloatwares.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:34 2

17. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


I don't think so. Most of it should be the kernel. Gapps package is usually smaller than a GB.

It's more like:
4 GB kernel + 1 GB google bloat + 1 GB Samsung bloat + 2 GB carrier bloat.

You should be allowed to uninstall carrier bloat though. I think T-mobile allows that.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:20 8

9. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


Sammy apologist strikes again!!!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:31 1

14. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


Give yourself a favor and see my past comments. I'm as far as a Samsung apologist as you can imagine. I don't even own their phones LOL. Not touching touchwiz.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:34 2

32. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Better than blame the users first. You are really Jobs legacy.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:31

68. xondk (Posts: 1132; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


3gb "bloat" is a bit though, but the thing at least in my eyes, is that if its useful stuff there is in those 3gb and not just say a ton of freemium games and similar, then yeah I'm alright with that, still plenty of storage space and most importantly SD card if I ever have issues.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:05 8

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3605; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Galaxy Wars: Return Of The Bloat.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:15 1

7. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Kilo bloat. The son of Han Bloat and Leia Bloat
Under the comman of Bloat Lord

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:20 1

10. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Featuring Jarjar bloats!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:10 1

59. MrMiyagi (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


and Darth Bloater.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:13 8

6. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Where's my Cyanogen mod....I know I left it somewhere...should clear that up!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:21 10

11. kamejoko (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Stupid is samsung. many bloatware make system slow down and laggy. Maybe ss eat money from some company to add many bloatware.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 21:31 1

79. Sovat_fc (Posts: 223; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


You keep saying laggy, laggy and laggy, and you don't own one of Samsung devices. WTF

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:33 7

16. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2631; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


As long as the bloatware is removable, I don't mind. If they are all system apps, that's another thing.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 11:15

73. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


same here, I don't mind bloat if it is removable.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:36

19. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Bloated by T-Mobile ^^

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:43 1

56. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Definitely the 4gb Ram will help. No big issue.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 03:57 1

26. afzalzainal (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Not a big deal since it comes with internal 32gb + sd card. Most of the usage goes to picture and video which is can be moved to sd card. My z5 reserved 9GB for android system and after installing more then 30apps include games still got another 9GB left unless it was a 16GB storage device.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:12

29. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Dark ages of journalistics

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:30 4

30. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Not too Long ago, I was (as usual) preaching about the amount of bloat in Samsung Smartphones and everyone was dissing this old man as harshly as humanly possible... Everyone was like "No f-ing way, old man"

Now would be a good time to apologise to this humble and compassionate old man who speak for none other but truth in plain black and white...!

G'Day!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:32 1

31. catze86 (Posts: 503; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Put those Samsung bloats on your Nexus. You'll love it old man.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:24 1

42. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1457; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Old Man. What about Google Play Games, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music,Google News App,Google Photos,Hangouts etc? I don't use these apps but I want to uninstall them. It must be hard for a "Android Purist" Like you to see these apps as bloat.

Salam

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:43 2

35. Mreveryphone (Posts: 361; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Just got my S7 Edge today. I threw my 128gb sd card in and forgot the internal memory. I moved what apps I could the the SD and kept it moving. With all the apps edge and other stuff baked in I was surprised to see that there wasn't more space taken up. Say what you want but Sammy is doing a good job of adding features and keeping things as trim as they can.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:49 8

37. RandyPhill (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)


Would there be Google play edition variant of the galaxy S7?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:52 8

39. TomMax (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Nov 2015)


+1 If it has dual sim + sd card

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:30

43. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


I don't think they do those at all any more. They haven't done a galaxy since the s4. So, I'd say your chances are less than zero

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:50 5

38. sleepypandaeyes (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Apr 2015)


My s6 edge system memory takes up 6gb so this is not new. Iphonearena trolling as usual. Expecting s7/s7 edge to get 7 rating each!.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:18 4

40. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Current iPhones with 64GB also lose over 8GB to bloatware and the likes. Has that led to any damming headlines yet?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:31 3

44. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Just reading the headline, made me think Alan wrote it. He could be using a pseudonym ;)

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:22 1

41. bubbadoes (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 May 2012)


typical sammy crowd here. in denial. any other have 8 gigs of bloat would be an uproar. thats why they added the useless sd reader back on the phone after removing it

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:32 2

69. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Many others have as much or even more bloat and some (Apple) do not allow to remove anything (as opposed to Samsung), where is/was the uproar?

Let me give you a hand, you stumbled over your own argument there.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:52 2

46. Chuck007 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Apple working hard to badmouth Samsung's new flagship line I see. Everything to continue the so called "smartphone war" to compel everyone to be corporate slaves. *cough*

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:00

47. poptart574 (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


I'll get the better version of the S7. You know, the one with no bloat ware, higher RAM and better specs.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:02 5

48. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Nexus 6p has 25 GB free storage, and the S7 has 24 GB Free Storage.

What a big Deal xD

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 06:42

55. jeroome86 (Posts: 796; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Are you kidding? Jeez. Just no carrier bloat. Ok.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:35

62. Shocky (Posts: 2069; Member since: 16 May 2012)


All they had to do was add the sdcard slot and keep the same storage options as last year, but no, they had to screw everyone over with 32GB.

So they deserve everything they get for bloatware because it actually matters with limited internal storage.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:34

72. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Bloat haven.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:48

74. ChowMein (Posts: 75; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


so how is that compared to s6?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 15:15

75. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Please list what bloatware.

Based on what I could gather. Android 6.0, takes anywhere from 4-8GB of space dpendign on OEM and the phones features. So your basic boring Android phones will use 4-5GB of space for the OS itself.

Samsung own TouchWiz with all its features take 1.5-2GB of space.
Then adding the carriers apps in the USA.

But what is funny is, on the iPhone with 16GB of storage, 45% of the space is used by iOS, yet the phone has as many features as a basic android phones.

How many times has iPhoneArena said anything about Apple? maybe once that I can recall.

You guys are such dogs!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 16:44

76. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Im not sure where you get your numbers from but when I purchased my iPhone, I had over 10 GB of storage remaining and once I deleted Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, I had over 11 GB out of 16.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 16:50

77. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Not saying Samsung's number is bad, it actually is pretty decent IMO.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 17:14

78. jeroome86 (Posts: 796; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


It's the carrier bloat I hate. Like AT&T navigation app. Have to subscribe 10 dollars a month when you have the Google Maps for free and far better. As long as you can delete that crap that would be cool. Not just disable but delete.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:00

80. lpratas (Posts: 235; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Very abundant of bloat. The pussy of your mother!...

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:44 1

81. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


■■ BREAKING NEWS ■■

Official

Samsung Galaxy S7 will let you Move Apps to SD

http://www.droid-life.com/2016/03/01/galaxy-s7-system-storage-install-apps-sd/

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